Heights students to get drive-in graduation in August

Wisconsin Heights seniors will get a drive-in graduation this year, at Warner Park on August 7. Since Dane County will most likely progress to a less restrictive phase, current social distancing regulations will apply.

Minor changes and a new name for Merrimac Community Charter School

Merrimac Community Charter School will now be known as Merrimac Community School, in the wake of a few changes coming in the fall. Due to changes from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the school will dissolve its charter with the State of Wisconsin and now enter in agreement with the Sauk Prairie School District.

Superintendent Wright’s letter to parents on SPSD fall plans

At the July 13 Sauk Prairie School District meeting, Superintendent Jeff Wright presented the early plan for reopening in the fall. Due to the critical nature of the situation, the Star News is going to reprint his letter to families in full.


July 14, 2020 


Sauk Prairie School District Families: 

Star News working with Sauk Prairie School District on release of public board documents

The Star News has been working with the Sauk Prairie School District in order to streamline access to board member documents going forward. 

Cliff Thompson retires after 28 years

Cliff and Cindy Thompson

Former Sauk Prairie School District superintendent Cliff Thompson retired at the end of June after 28 years of service to the district and community.

Sauk Prairie School District transparency issues continue

The Sauk Prairie School District complied with the Star News’ public records request 13 days after it was filed, for documents concerning the June 22 board meeting. The documents were received on July 6. The Star News sought the same documents board members receive for each meeting.

Sauk Prairie School District retirees, Part IV

This is the final installment of interviews and recognition of the Sauk Prairie School District’s 2020 retirees. It has been my pleasure to be a small part of honoring them. 

Sauk Prairie School District retirees, Part III

This article is the third in a series of interviews with Sauk Prairie School District retirees.  The next and last article to follow will focus on Connie Swantz, Anita Thayer, Cliff Thompson and information about retirees who were not available for interview: Ken Boettcher, Jean Giese, Therese Miskulin-Brethorst, Pamela Schramer, and Thomas

Sauk Prairie School District retirees, Part II

This is the second in a series of articles about the 23 Sauk Prairie School District 2020 retirees. 


Michael (Mike) Carpenter


State Superintendent says schools will likely reopen this fall, but will “look different”

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) on Monday released an 87-page document intended to help guide a return to in-person schooling this fall.


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